Five Tips for Pet Owners Searching for an Apartment

Author: Alecia Pirulis


When you own a pet, it’s part of your family, and there’s no if’s, and’s or but’s about it — your pet is coming with you every time you move. If you’re looking for pet-friendly apartments, they’re actually pretty tough to find. Non-pet owners don’t understand this, and they might even suggest to leave your pet behind. To that, we say nay!

Take a look at our five tips, which will make your search for pet-friendly apartments easier:

Think ahead.  Any efficient apartment search should never begin at the last minute, especially when you need housing that accepts pets. Allow at least six weeks before your scheduled move-in date. You’ll want some wiggle room for your search.

Comprehend why pet-friendly apartments are hard to find.  Barking dogs, soiled carpets, and non-neutered pets are just a handful of reasons why pets are not accepted. You might have to sell the landlord or property manager on the idea why they should allow your pet. Be committed to providing responsible pet care proof to increase your chances of being accepted as a tenant. 

Utilize your resources.  The humane society and city animal care and control can give you leads on pet-friendly apartments. If you have friends, relatives or co-workers who have pets and live in an apartment, ask them to check for availability. Online listings on Craigslist and newspaper classifieds should be the last resort for pet-friendly apartments in the area where you’re moving. Safeguard yourself from fraudulent listings.

Avoid apartment communities that explicitly state they have a no-pets policy. This doesn’t mean to avoid large communities completely, as some places allow certain pets, like cats and dogs that weigh less than 25 pounds. If you have a large, adult dog, you could be better off avoiding those types of communities as well.

Prove you’re responsible.  Provide your future property manager or landlord with as much documentation that shows you’re a responsible pet owner. Reference letters and medical records can be major selling points. Check with your current landlord and veterinarian, and more than likely, they’ll be happy to assist.

Once you’ve found pet-friendly apartments perfect for you, your family and pet, be prepared to pay additional fees, like a pet deposit or monthly pet rent. Above all, be honest, and don’t hide your pet. You’ll put yourself in a position for eviction, and this particular violation is the key cause of implementing a no-pet policy in the first place.